Baylor ITS Reminds Everyone to Stay #BearAware

October 7, 2020

Since 2007, Baylor University has participated in Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a national collaborative effort among universities, industry, and government to encourage best practices for staying safe online and protecting sensitive individual and corporate information. Throughout October, Baylor ITS will share a series of COVID-19 inspired pro-tips that are effective against viruses, malware, phishing, and other active or passive attack vectors.

"This is an important annual campaign to remind everyone in the Baylor community of best practices to protect Baylor’s and their own personal information and technology." said Jon Allen, associate vice president, chief information officer, and chief information security officer.

This year's awareness campaign focuses on these cybersafe practices:

  • Using secure passwords
  • Maintaining antivirus/malware protection
  • Ensuring computers and phones are running the latest operating system
  • Monitoring privacy settings for information shared online
  • Employing two-factor authentication wherever available
  • Backing up important files
  • Exercising caution when using public Wi-Fi
  • Protecting yourself against phishing attempts

Baylor students, staff, and faculty will encounter reminders about these practices across social media using the hashtag #BearAware, websites, digital signs across campus, and the BearAware website at baylor.edu/bearaware.

"The university's network and information resources are under nearly constant attack by cybercriminals from many different locations in and outside of the United States," said Information Security Analyst Will Telfer. "While we have frameworks in place and constant monitoring that thwarts their efforts (like Duo for multi-factor authentication), our protections are only as strong as our weakest link. For this reason, it is vitally important that we protect one another by observing best practices and continuing to learn about cybersecurity as we move forward."

Baylor Information Technology Services maintains a BearAware page (baylor.edu/bearaware) that features its annual campaign and additional resources for staying safe online. In addition, visitors can look back at all of the previous BearAware campaigns used to create a culture of cybersecure practices in the Baylor community. For more information about cybersecurity at Baylor, please contact Will Telfer at Will_Telfer@baylor.edu.

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